Teach yourself … five phrases in an endangered language – video

Is studying a language on your listing of New Year’s resolutions? Why not break away from the typical suspects and understand an endangered language instead?

Ume Sami is one of a lot of Sami languages spoken by the indigenous individuals of northern Sweden. Right now nonetheless it listed by Unesco as “critically endangered” and has much less than 50 speakers.

The final speakers are now experimenting with the app Memrise to digitally document their mom tongue and to develop a learning resource to encourage a lot more individuals to discover the language.

Here’s a handful of of the videos they have recorded so far. Why not try and educate yourself a handful of important phrases?

  1. “Good day”

Or “buörrie beäjvvie” in Ume Sami. Not a bad place to start in any language.

2. “Reindeer”

If you are in northern Sweden where Ume Sami is spoken, then this word is going to be helpful. Reindeer herding is a single of the traditional livelihoods of the Sami folks, although today only all around 2,500 are nevertheless carrying out this sort of work nowadays. The word in Ume Sami is “bodsu”.

three. “I am hungry”

Reindeer is also a common dish in northern Sweden, so possessing “månna leäb njeälgguominne” or “I am hungry” may well be the organic subsequent stage in your expanding vocabulary.

4. “This is my fox”

Admittedly it is unlikely, but if you do uncover oneself in a situation when you require to say “this is my fox” then the phrase is “dahta leä muv riebiej” in Ume Sami.

5. Diverse types of snow

In Ume Sami there are at least 100 acknowledged phrases to describe snow, how it acts, and even how it may possibly act in the future.

Right here reindeer herder Anders Ruth shares two examples in Ume Sami. “Dievve” indicates soft snow and “skietje” describes challenging, crystalline snow.

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